Nebraska Has Low Error Rate With Food Stamps

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Nebraska has done a good job of denying food stamps to people who don't qualify for them and approving them for people who do.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently ranked Nebraska first in the country for denying, suspending and terminating benefits when appropriate.

The state's error rate last year was 0 percent, compared to the national average of more than 9 percent.

Nebraska ranked fifth for correctly approving applications and determining the appropriate level of benefits.

Its payment-error rate was 1.5 percent. The national average was nearly 4.4 percent.

Nebraska will receive a bonus of nearly $851,000 for the accomplishments and probably use it to help people apply for welfare benefits online and establish customer-service centers.

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